She was telling us a very juicy story. We couldn't quite get the words, because she now speaks another language entirely, but we got that what she was relating made her want to laugh, and so we listened raptly, laughing ourselves, enjoying the light in her bottle green eyes.
Happy birthday, dear Aunt Winnie. We are all here. Every single one of us is who we are today because you have been a part of our family. It is such a privilege to be able to live our lives alongside yours, to learn from you, laugh with you, be pushed to grow by you, to love you more than our hearts can even hold. I can't wait to eat cake with you and all the aunts and cousins later today. You are the true original, our matriarch, the one who didn't just point the way, but led us there. We have charted the course of our lives by your star, and that is not an overstatement. It's just truth. You never left us in darkness. You are so powerful. And thank you.